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hurricane earl -- the fringes of the human storm pound north carolina's outer banks, but the most powerful winds remain out to sea. rig explosion. it looked really bad for a on it while, but the latest rig fire in the gulf is not a repeat disaster. and acid attack. a horrible and seemingly random attack leaves a woman with severe burns. this is the "cbs morning news" for friday, september 3, 2010. well, good morning, everybody, and thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. we begin with the first major hurricane to approach the east coast this season. hurricane earl is now centered east of cape hatteras on north carolina's outer banks. earl has weakened to a category 2 hurricane with peak winds just over 100 miles per hour. earl's projected path takes it up the east coast with its eye staying offshore. karen brown has more now from
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kill devil hills, north carolina. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning to you, betty. it is so intense here. we were down on the dunes you see behind me. we had to come back up because you can't see down there. our equipment is all wet. really, it is wind at 105 miles an hour with 100-foot waves offshore. they evacuated 125,000 people from the outer banks and they're hunkered down, waiting for the worst to be over. in income fk overnight, earl delivered a stinging blow. >> just the power. it's absolutely phenomenal. >> reporter: high winds, heavy rain and pounding surf battered the outer banks. the system appears to be losing steam as it roars up the east coast, but it's still packing a powerful punch. despite evacuation orders, some residents decided to stay put. >> for those that live on the island, we don't leave because we feel very safe. >> reporter: and they weren't the only ones. tease folks welcomed earl with a hurricane party.
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the rain pretty much stings your face as it comes down. as intense as this is, the high winds and rain will taper off as the day progresses here in north carolina. further north, it is only expected to get worse. >> if you are in an area that's subject to the storm surge or the effects of the wind or flooding, we do recommend that you relocate to a safer place. >> reporter: the northeast will get its brush with earl later tonight, including coastal communities in long island, and cape cod. on nantucket, these two women made a last-minute dash to the store to stock up, but they weren't alone. >> it's -- there's no chips anywhere. it's crazy in there. >> reporter: not everyone is waiting around for earl. this crowd board one of the last ferries off the island. >> we just decided to leave because it seems like it's going to get bad. >> reporter: ending their labor day weekend plans before they even began. all right. forecasters say this is pretty much what areas like cape cod can expect.
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also, keep in mind, earl has now spread out into a massive storm, which means most of the eastern seaboard will feel its effects. betty? >> looking at the radar, earl is huge. karen brown on north carolina's outer banks. stay safe out there. in the meantime, much of miami international airport was evacuated overnight and police arrested a passenger after screeners spotted something suspicious in a checked bag. four of the airport's six concourses were evacuated. the tsa says a police bomb squad was sent to a custom seconds near the international gates. to the gulf of mexico where the fear of another major oil spill has given way this morning to a huge sigh of relief. a fire erupted thursday on an oil rig off louisiana, but no one was killed and it appears no oil was spilled. sandra hughes has that story. >> reporter: flames could be seen from a distance on an oil production platform located 100 miles off the louisiana coast. the explosion and fire on the
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ver canmilion platform. one person was injured. mariner energy owns the platform. >> mariner has done an initial fly jo flyover of the facility. there was no spill around the facility. we will do another one later today. >> reporter: unlike the bp deepwater oil rig that killed 11 in april, this is an oil production platform operating in only 340 feet of water. and according to its owner, is a small oil producer. >> daily production is on the order of 1,400 barrels. >> reporter: still, this accident was enough to get the governor of louisiana's attention. >> the company suspects what is burning now is what was actually in storage. >> reporter: the white house says, at this point, thursday's accident, can't be compared to april's explosion, which triggered the worst oil spill in
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u.s. history. >> we obviously have response assets ready for deployment should we receive reports of pollution in the water. >> reporter: a government spokeswoman says the platform was undergoing paimaintenance w the explosion took place. 200 miles east of that rig at the site of the deepwater horizon disaster, bp is a step closer to permanently sealing its blownout well. they removed the temporary cap. next, they'll retrieve the blowout preventer that failed in april, triggering the explosion. no oil is leaking now, but if any does, bp says it is prepared to act quickly. on the "cbs moneywatch," stocks in asia continue to rally. ashley morrison is here in new york with the latest on all of that. good morning, ashley. >> good morning to you, betty. well, asian stocks inched up ending in positive territory for the third straight day. japan's nikkei added 0.5% while
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hang seng was mostly higher. wall street, modest gains following upbeat news on manufacturing and housing. thursday the dow rose 50 points while the nasdaq was up 23. the august unemployment numbers are out this morning and the news is not expected to be good. economists expect the private sector to add about 40,000 jobs, the fewest since january. the jobless rate is expected to increase to 9.6%. the first rise since january. those lucky enough to have a job with health insurance are paying a larger portion of the costs. a just-released report from the kizer foundation finds the average employee contribution climbed 14% to nearly $4,000. on this labor day weekend, more americans are expected to travel than last year. aaa expects a 10% increase in holiday travelers, about 34 million americans are expected to take trips of at least 50 miles from home. due to cheaper gas prices and
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airline deals. and if you're traveling in a ferrari, beware. ferrari is recalling the 458 atoli super cars because of the potential for fire. ferrari wants to replace an adhesive that can overheat. the car sells for $197,000. and, betty, if i paid that much money for a car, i certainly don't want it catching fire. >> what do you mean, you don't have a ferrari? we all have ferraris. >> i used to. >> you gave it up. >> yes. >> ashley, thank you, joining us live in new york. now to the middle east peace talks. it took nearly two years to bring them back together but thursday's face-to-face meeting in washington between the leaders of israel and palestinians went as well as anyone could have hoped. they agreed to meet again in two weeks. whit johnson has more. >> reporter: middle east peace envoy george mitchell told reporters israelis and palestinians made progress in their first day of talks. >> they will work to create an atmosphere of trust that will be
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conducive to reaching a final agreement. >> reporter: mitchell sat in as secretary of state hillary clinton moderated a fresh round of face-to-face discussions between israeli prime minister netanyahu and palestinian president muhammahmoud abbas. >> you are the leaders who can make this long, cherished dream a reality. >> reporter: both leaders hope they can create two separate states. they've agreed to meet again in the middle east. but the two are still far apart on the issues. >> translator: we call on the israeli government to move forward with its commitment to end all settlement activities and completely lift the embargo over the gaza strip. >> achieving security is a must. security is the foundation of peace. without it, peace will unravel. with it, peace can be stable. >> reporter: u.s. mediators wouldn't say whether those issues were brought up thursday.
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but everyone involved knows they'll have to be addressed before this conflict can come to an en. whit johnson, cbs news, the state department. just ahead -- a wildfire in san diego county forces evacuations. plus, shocking statistics on the use of taser guns by police. first, though, erica hill has a preview of tonight's "cbs evening news". >> good fortune began for this man when he struck oil, or at least struck the oil company. steve hartman's everybody in the world has a story series tonight. it's almost tee-time... time to face the pollen that used to make me sneeze... my eyes water. but now zyrtec®, the fastest 24-hour allergy relief, comes in a liquid gel. zyrtec® liquid gels work fast, so i can love the air®.
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in the largest human trafficking case in the u.s. four people in the u.s. and two in thailand are accused of luring hundreds of workers with false promises of lucrative jobs in america. police say they were then forced to work on farms in hawaii, washington state and other locations. taser guns, they are supposed to be a nonlethal weapon. police can use to subdue a suspect. but since 2001 more than 400 people in the u.s. have died after being tasered. for you a california man is suing the police. john blackstone reports. >> reporter: with a taser pointed at his chest, peter mcfarland did sit down. the 64-year-old had fallen at his home but refused to be taken to the hospital because he didn't have insurance. despite his wife's objections -- >> this is my problem. >> reporter: -- deputies kept the taser trained on him and ordered him to get in an ambulance. >> get your hands behind your back. >> [ bleep ]. >> get your hands behind your back.
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>> reporter: this is the latest incident to raise controversy over the use of tasers, which police departments plame can reduce injuries and fatalities. but a study of major u.s. cities found deaths in custody actually rise sharply, near six times, during the first year a department uses tasers. dr. byron lee led the study. >> 600% in that first year, yes. >> reporter: after the first year, in custody deaths return to the same level before tasers were introduced. tasers are now used by some 12,000 law enforcement agencies. by 2008 a study by amnesty international showed in at least 35 states there were deaths after taser use. 55 in california, 52 in florida. experts say the risk of death increases when a person is shocked with a taser more than once. peter mcfarland was hit four times. >> what i saw in that video was a nonlife-threatening situation turned into a life-threatening one. >> reporter: mcfarland is now
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suing the marin county, california, sheriff's department, which says its deputies were following the law and department policy. john blackstone, cbs news, san francisco. well, straight ahead, your friday morning weather. in sports, a powerhouse start for ohio state in college football. [ female announcer ] fact: the medicine in children's advil® is the #1 pediatrician recommended pain reliever for children. plus, children's advil® brings fever down faster than children's tylenol®. choose children's advil®. relief you can trust. when allergies make them itch, don't wait for your pills to kick in. choose alaway, from the eye health experts at bausch & lomb. it works in minutes and up to 12 hours. bausch & lomb alaway. because it's not just your allergies, it's your eyes. [ laughs ] this is it! [ all ] 10...9...8... a new school year has so much potential! any resolutions?
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here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. new york, sunny, 82. miami, thunderstorms, 92. chicago, sunny, windy, 7 0 degrees there. denver, 83 and sunny. l.a., it's a sunny 77. time for a check of the national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows clouds scattered across the ohio and mississippi valleys. much of the great plains is mainly clear. and a few clouds are scattered around the northwest. later today showers and thunderstorms will be developing across the mississippi and ohio valleys. southwest and northwest are mainly dry. hurricane earl, though, will bring strong gusty winds and heavy rain to the coasts of the mid-atlantic states. a pleasantly mild afternoon is in store for the northern plains. and a few scattered showers are likely along the gulf coast. in sports, some of college football's top teams were in action. ohio state, the second ranked team in the nation, got two touchdowns from running back as
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buckeyes' season got off to a fast start. ohio state rolled over marshall 45-7. and number 15, pittsburgh, was upset by utah. overtime the utes decided to go on defense and intercepted a pass to get the ball, then utah kicked the winning field goal to beat pitt 27-24. in major league baseball, one extra inning game. in the 13th inning, gerald laird of detroit hit a solo home run into the bull pen in left center field in minnesota. that gave the tigers a 10-9 victory but the twins still lead the american league central division by 3 1/2 games. and chase utley of philadelphia hit a grand slam homer to cap a slugfest in colorado. the phillies' 12-11 win moves them within two games of atlanta in the national league east. when we return, another look at this morning's top stories. and the victim of a brutal asid attack speaks out saying it could have been a lot worse.
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on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. hurricane earl will bring gusty winds and heavy rain to the coasts of the mid-atlantic states. the rest of the northeast remains mainly dry. scattered thunderstorms will be popping up around the mississippi and ohio valleys. here's another look at this morning's top story. hurricane earl is churning in the atlantic off north carolina's outer banks. top winds are just over 100 miles per hour, but earl remain a dangerous storm. the victim of a bizarre asid attack is speaking out. the incident happened this week in washington state as jessica of our portland, oregon, station, reports. the woman says she can't be angry.
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>> god is watching over me. you know, he -- i believe in him that his hands are on me. i can't live the rest of my life like that in fear. >> reporter: with bandages wrapped around her head bethany storro speaks about a horrifying attack. in vancouver, a woman approached her and asked, hey, pretty girl, do you want to drink this, before throwing acidic liquid on bethany's face. >> the most -- oh, you don't even know. it was the most painful thing. like i told everybody, my heart stopped. i almost passed out. i have all of these questions like, why? a dare? was somebody say, i dare -- like, did you wake up that morning and go, i'm going to -- i'm going to carry some asid in a cup and throw on the first person that i see? >> reporter: her family and her faith are getting her through. >> listen, my little girl, and
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we're a strong-knit family that love each other very much. we'll get through this. we're not going to allow this to stop our lives and go on one. >> reporter: miracle is bethany bought sunglasses 20 minutes before that attack. bethany is finding it in her heart to forgive. >> in time i'm going to forgive her because if i don't, then it's hard to move on with my life. so, that's the biggest -- like, it really is the biggest weapon for me to have is to forgive her. >> well, police are still searching for the woman who threw acid on storro. i'll have more on the attack later this morning on "the early show." turning now to some surprising news about your kitchen. one in seven u.s. homes would fail a health inspection like those given to restaurant. a new study finds 60% of home kitchens would get an "a" or "b" and at least 14% would fail. 98% of restaurants got an "a" or "b". more coming up on "the early show."
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but it's just the beginning of our work. i'm iris cross. bp has taken full responsibility for the clean up in the gulf and that includes keeping you informed. my job is to listen to the shrimpers and fishermen, hotel and restaurant workers and find ways to help. that means working with communities. we have 19 centers in 4 states. we've made over 120,000 claims payments, more than $375 million. we've committed $20 billion to an independent claims fund to cover lost income until people impacted can get back to work. we'll keep looking for oil, cleaning it up if we find it and restoring the gulf coast. i was born in new orleans. my family still lives here. bp is gonna be here until the oil is gone and the people and businesses are back to normal... until we make this right.
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flames off of the coast of louisiana. so far there are no signs of a spill. all 13 crew members on board were rescued. israeli and palestinian leaders have agreed to meet again following the fest face to face peace talks in years in washingtonment. netanyahu and abbas plan to meet later this month in the middle east and roughly every two weeks after that. both hope to strike a deal within a year to create two separate states. howard bernstein has the forecast. all eyes on you today. >> earl is now on the radar. it is close enough to the coast there. passing hatteras and elizabeth city. some heavy rains from richmond norfolk there going to be affecting our area beaches shortly. south an east of town, northern neck, st. mary's county will get rain from this, as well. across the bay there's the front to the west. look at the radar.
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heavy bands in eastern north carolina approaching williamsburg and norfolk and a little close to us. a lot of clouds from earl but no rain in the metro except this evening when the front pushes through and then a slight chance of a shower. 82 at 9:00. 88 at noon. and a little sun late this amp. high of 90. we will be driving home with a temperature of 87. first things first, happy friday. hope you are off to a great start. one tieup in virginia going southbound on 95 at backlick road. you are losing a couple of left lanes. northbound you are okay. on i-270 a little construction at 123. should be clearing in 30 and on eastbound 218, east of 301, watch for roadwork. it is taking away a right lane. jess? a search and rescue team from maryland left for massachusetts. the 80-member crew will help
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with hurricane relief. gear was there when they headed out from rockville last night. >> forget your american express card. what do you absolutely, positively not want to leave home without. >> socks and underwear. most important thing is to have socks an yes or no wear. usually after the storms it is really hot and humid and spend a lot of time walking. >> reporter: and if you are a woman. >> sock apps underwear are important to me, too. >> a lot of people will pack deodorant but bring it in aerosol because everything melts. pack everything in plastic bags because inevitably we will drive through water. >> reporter: this deployment is different. >> this is the first time we have been deployed north of maryland for a hurricane. we have always gone south. >> reporter: the cost $98,000 a -- $96,000 a day. >> 80,000-pounds of equipment.
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580 ponds of jesse james who can find live people in rubble. >> she is a very good worker. see. i know. that's her magic word. whenever i say we're getting ready to go to work she is ramped up and ready to go. >> reporter: shortly after 10:00 arrival in massachusetts on friday morning. 9 news now. from the first local station with news in high definition, this is 9 news nowment. good morning. welcome to 9 news now. today is september 3rd. it's a friday. i'm jessica doyle in for andrea roane. angie goff has the traffic but we will begin with howard bernstein with the forecast. >> it is friday. we have a hurricane off the coast of north carolina. it has stayed off shore for the most part. the heaviest winds are also off shore but there's some tremendous winds, waves and

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